Greetings and salutations fellow book based life forms! I come to you with a review and some conversation about The Grace Year, released last in 2019 from Kim Ligget. As always, this review will contains spoilers as well as sass and trash, so if you don’t want spoilers, scroll to the bottom for a (probably) biased review with (hopefully) no spoilers!
The Grace Year is a book featuring a cast of young women cast out by their community to tame themselves to become ready for marriage. Our MC, Tierney, is the middle of five girls and is treated like the son her father never had. She’s taught to farm and fight and hunt and such. Nevertheless, her grace year comes and so she and the other 30-odd girls of the community that are of age are taken to a remote location to live and survive for the next year.
Tierney is a BOSS. The resident mean girl decides to set her sights on Tierney to be her next target of torment and T is 👏🏽 not 👏🏽 having it. She stands up for the other girls that are being bullied and (honestly) is the only one that keeps her head in the midst of a stressful, otherworldly experience. Tierney is the only one who figures out the secrets of the Grace Year, and she’s quite possibly the only reason that the 15 or so girls that lived survived.
There was even a bit of romance in this book and it felt honest and sincere and genuine. I clapped so hard when our boy accepted Tierney as she was when she returned. He gave her space and time to heal from the horrors she’d seen and experienced and never faulted her for that.
Kiersten is the absolute worst! But I think that’s a good thing. It helped to show the contrast between someone who is only seeking their own selfish gain and someone who is selfless in their motivation to help others.
Overall, this book was a ride all the way through. I’ve seen it pitched as horror, but I wouldn’t go quite that far…there are some slightly scary moments though. So like a thriller, maybe. And that’s just the way I like my reads….
The Grace Year was released in October of 2019 (right around spooky time here in the US!) and is just one in an impressively scary portfolio from Kim Liggett.